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18% of pupils in England in 2018 failed to gain five GCSEs at grade C or higher or the equivalent.

*BBC

A record proportion of 18-year-olds, from across the UK, gained a place at university or college in 2017 – increasing by 1.1% from 2016.

UCAS

Students in England are going to graduate with average debts of £50,800, after interest rates are raised on student loans to 6.1%.

* Institute for Fiscal Studies

In the last five years, the popularity of apprenticeships has increased over university, due to increasing debt and fees, learning practical work skills whilst gaining professional qualifications.

* Parliament UK Research Briefing

 

The number of children being homeschooled has risen by about 40% over three years.

* BBC Research

Over 230,000 young people between 18­-25 years old went on some form of gap year break, in 2017. For financial reasons, 22% of students feel they cannot commit to taking a year out.

* Year Out Group

The UK employment rate is currently estimated at 76.0% and average weekly earnings for employees in the UK has increased by 3.6%.

*Office of National Statistics

 

In 2018, 370,000 first time buyers completed mortgages. There are currently 10.94 million mortgages in the UK, making the average mortgage debt amount £132,633.

* Finder

The number of trips taken by UK residents has steadily increased by 29% between 2012 to 2017. The average spend per trip was £633.

* Finder

35% of adults don’t have a pension at all and 43% of the population don’t know how much they will need in their retirement

* FCA

There were 5.4 million micro-businesses (0-9 employees) in the UK in 2018, accounting for 96% of all businesses.

* Parliament UK Research Briefing

Nine in ten (91%) UK adults, or 46.5 million people, have not had
regulated financial advice in the last 12 months.

* FCA

The average Stocks & Shares ISA account is worth £27,000

* Finder

The average cost of part-time childcare for children under the age of 2 is £115 per week, and full-time childcare is £212 per week.

* Family and Childcare Trust

Top 5 health issues in the UK are Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Heart disease and Lung Disease.

* Let’s Get Checked

There were 96 thousand redundancies in the United Kingdom, in the first quarter of 2018.

* Statista

One in three UK retirees will have to rely solely on state pension. State Pension age is gradually increasing and will reach 67 by 2028.

* FCA & * Age UK

Government figures revealed that there are nearly eight million people employed part-time, which equates to around a quarter of the UK workforce.

*Total Jobs